Have you ever noticed that you have trouble sitting in silence? With the hectic pace of our lives and our phones and devices within arms reach at all times, we very rarely are in a situation where we are sitting alone in quiet with our thoughts. The fact that we are always attached and have endless opportunities to “click here” means we have hours and hours of distraction. We can easily go from dusk to dawn going through our day and filling in any free moments with an app or a scroll.
What might the impact of this be to us as creative humans? When we consistently let ourselves be managed by our schedules or social media we limit the opportunity to be intentional, to put thought into our personal impact, our personal gifts to explore, our personal goals and dreams. As my level is increasing (thank you to my friend Matt for providing this lighthearted way to refer to age!) I find that time is really flying…. An annual family outing feels like it was “just last week,'' the babies I tucked into car seats are engaged to be married. Life really does happen in a flash.
A yoga practice is a great way to practice the ability to be quiet with ourselves. Even if we are in a room with other people on our mats, we practice keeping our focus on the self. Being present to the breathe, paying attention to the body and how we feel. We can learn that there can be great peace in the stillness and quiet. We do not need to scroll or click to spend the time. We can practice being quiet with ourselves.
Hi - I am Michelle, wife of one, mother of three, long time yoga practitioner.